February 5, 2016
It was with great interest that we read the preliminary conclusions and recommendations issued by the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent at the UN Human Rights Council following its visit to the United States. While noting progress in combating racial discrimination, the UN experts expressed concern about the alarming levels of police brutality, including that connected with racial prejudice and bias. The Working Group also writes about the persistent gap in the standards of living among African Americans and the rest of the US population, including in education, housing, employment and even food security. The UN experts write that racial profiling remains a rampant practice, with excessive penalisation and harassment of African American children.